Soul Man - Sam & Dave / Blues Brothers
Song Lyrics / Chart History / Artist Information

  • Written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 1960s
  • Hayes & Porter were inducted into the songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2005, along with Steve Cropper, John Fogerty, Richard and Robert Sherman and Bill Withers
  • Originally recorded by the R&B group Sam & Dave
  • Sam & Dave were Sam Moore (born 10/12/35 in Miami Florida) and Dave Prater (born 5/9/37 in Ocilla Georgia & was killed 4/13/88 when his car ran off I-81 in Georgia)
  • The Sam & Dave version went to #1 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart (for 7 weeks) and to #2 on the Top 40 charts in 1967
  • The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group that same year
  • In 1979 the comedy team of Dan Ackroyd (Elwood Blues) and John Belushi (Jake Blues) remade the song as The Blues Brothers
  • The version went to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reintroduced audiences to the spirit of classic R&B music

Oracle Band MP3 / RealAudio Samples

An excerpt from a live Oracle Band performance of this song is available as both a streaming RealAudio format, or as a higher quality downloadable MP3.  Select the version you'd prefer.

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Song Lyrics - Soul Man

Comin' to ya, on a dusty road,
Good lovin', I got a truck load.
And when you get it, you got somethin',
So don't worry, cause I'm comin'.

Cause I'm a soul man, I'm a soul man.
Yea I'm a soul man. I'm a soul man.

Got what I got, the hard way,
And I'll make you better, each and every day,
So honey, don't you fret,
Cause you ain't seen, nothin' yet.

Cause I'm a soul man, I'm a soul man.
Yea I'm a soul man. I'm a soul man.

I was brought up, on a side street.
Learned how to love, before I could eat.
I was educated, for good stock.
"Cause when I start lovin', I just can't stop.

Cause I'm a soul man, I'm a soul man.
Yea I'm a soul man. I'm a soul man.

Well grab a rope, and I'll pull you in.
Give you hope, and be your only boy friend. 
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Cause I'm a soul man, I'm a soul man.
Yea I'm a soul man. I'm a soul man.
Cause I'm a soul man, I'm a soul man.
Yea I'm a soul man. I'm a soul man.

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

Blues Brothers
The Definitive Collection

Yes, there are other Blues Brothers albums available, but if you have to own just one, this is it.

20 tracks of the best of Jake & Ellwood Blues, (AKA John Belushi & Dan Ackroyd).

The collection includes Soul Man, plus these other fabulous hits:

Hey Bartender
Gimme Some Lovin

(Aretha Franklin)
Sweet Home Chicago
Shake A Tailfeather

...and 14 more!

Sam & Dave
The Essentials

The title of this album tells you what you need to know.

One of the greatest R&B duos in history present their classics. You get:

Soul Man
Wrap It Up
Hold On I'm Coming
I Thank You

...and 8 more classics

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